Dr Alex Baratta

Lecturer in Lang, Linguistics & Comm

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Biography

Personal

Please feel free to contact me to discuss ideas for supervision or to discuss joint research.

Educational Background

AA in Music - Los Angeles Valley College

TESOL certificate - Canadian Global TESOL Training Institute

BA in English Literature - California State University, Northridge

MA in English Composition and Rhetoric - California State University, Northridge

MA in Linguistics - The University of Manchester

PhD in English - The University of Manchester

 

Teaching

Language Acquisition

Language, Education and Society

Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication

Reading and Writing Processes

 

PhD Supervision

I would be happy to supervise PhD students with interests in the following broad areas:

Accent/dialect/language and identity

Intercultural communication

Writer stance and writer identity

Further information

Besides my academic interests, I also enjoy creative writing:

Fiction

  • Heat, My Boogeyman, Clockwork, The Last Days of Eden, The Baby, The Last Wish of Elliot Pomroy and The Cuckold are published at http://www.mybooklive.com/search.asp - please be patient while the folks at this site get the site back online (I hope!) Or, you can read the stories here: http://www.charliefish.co.uk/sortbyauthor.html

My interests also include movies and music, having written a 007 theme song entitled 'The Man Everybody Wants', which Desmond 'Q' Llewelyn said was 'very much in the Bond tradition' and Bond authors Philip Lisa and Lee Pfeiffer (The Incredible World of 007) said the song had 'good potential' and was 'definitely in the style of the early Bond songs'.The song's music video has been performed at several Bond conventions in the US and UK, to include locations such as New Orleans, London and Long Beach, California. The song is also included in the John Cork collection housed at the University of Southern California archives, with Cork a member of the Ian Fleming Foundation.

In addition, my tribute song to Peter Sellers, 'Dear Mr. Sellers', was described by Sellers' biographer Ed Sikov as 'very accurate...touching and sweet-tempered' and by Burt 'Cato' Kwouk as 'very nice'. The song has also been adopted by the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society.  My interview with the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society was published in the September 2002 issue of the magazine at www.petersellersappreciationsociety.com.

The music videos for both songs can be found at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT2-0WGsV5U

 

Musicals

Details at http://www.doollee.com

  • Love from Above - performed in 1991 and 1998 at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood, California (http://mayflowerclub.com/)
  • Between Two Wars
  • Only in LA

 

Media Coverage on Accent and Identity

From 2014-2017, I was interviewed by more than 40 radio stations (e.g. BBC Merseyside, BBC Manchester, BBC Cumbria, BBC West Midlands, BBC Ulster); I appeared in foreign media (Canada, Ireland, Italy, South Korea and Finland); I was featured in more than 30 newspapers/news websites; and I was interviewed on TV: BBC Northwest Tonight (July 8th, 2014), Russia Today (RT) in both 2014 and 2015; and BBC Breakfast (May 13th, 2016).

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